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GCE A-level

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of eligible pupils were entered for an A-level examination in 2007, broken down by (a) local authority area and (b) multiple deprivation decile. (201684)

Information on pupils entered into GCE/VCE/applied A-levels and double awards broken down by multiple deprivation decile can be found in the “DCSF: GCE/VCE A/AS and Equivalent Examination Results in England, 2006/07 (Revised)” statistical first release (SFR), found at the following link:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000769/index.shtml

Information broken down by local authority is given as follows. The proportion of eligible pupils can not be provided as DCSF does not hold information on the number of eligible pupils at A-level.

Number of pupils entered for a GCE/VCE A-level in 2006/07

Number

201

City of London

186

202

Camden

1,164

203

Greenwich

821

204

Hackney

324

205

Hammersmith and Fulham

1,071

206

Islington

589

207

Kensington and Chelsea

1,112

208

Lambeth

340

209

Lewisham

1,162

210

Southwark

849

211

Tower Hamlets

592

212

Wandsworth

1,251

213

Westminster

1,438

301

Barking and Dagenham

503

302

Barnet

2,823

303

Bexley

1,116

304

Brent

1,127

305

Bromley

2,298

306

Croydon

1,800

307

Ealing

1,101

308

Enfield

1,473

309

Haringey

724

310

Harrow

1,470

311

Havering

1,352

312

Hillingdon

1,437

313

Hounslow

1,281

314

Kingston upon Thames

1,376

315

Merton

455

316

Newham

744

317

Redbridge

2,055

318

Richmond upon Thames

1,515

319

Sutton

1,628

320

Waltham Forest

1,350

330

Birmingham

4,556

331

Coventry

1,380

332

Dudley

1,696

333

Sandwell

384

334

Solihull

1,454

335

Walsall

1,014

336

Wolverhampton

1,159

340

Knowsley

228

341

Liverpool

1,806

342

St. Helens

917

343

Sefton

1,754

344

Wirral

1,945

350

Bolton

1,199

351

Bury

1,392

352

Manchester

2,376

353

Oldham

1,305

354

Rochdale

325

355

Salford

637

356

Stockport

1,736

357

Tameside

729

358

Trafford

996

359

Wigan

1,487

370

Barnsley

422

371

Doncaster

1,044

372

Rotherham

1,246

373

Sheffield

1,985

380

Bradford

1,924

381

Calderdale

867

382

Kirklees

1,935

383

Leeds

3,156

384

Wakefield

1,387

390

Gateshead

640

391

Newcastle upon Tyne

1,436

392

North Tyneside

811

393

South Tyneside

363

394

Sunderland

777

800

Bath and North East Somerset

1,182

801

City of Bristol

2,026

802

North Somerset

756

803

South Gloucestershire

1,094

805

Hartlepool

334

806

Middlesbrough

555

807

Redcar and Cleveland

590

808

Stockton on Tees

840

810

City of Kingston-upon-Hull

1,001

811

East Riding of Yorkshire

1,324

812

North East Lincolnshire

688

813

North Lincolnshire

858

815

North Yorkshire

3,632

816

York

1,056

820

Bedfordshire

2,380

821

Luton

726

825

Buckinghamshire

3,411

826

Milton Keynes

958

830

Derbyshire

2,845

831

City of Derby

946

835

Dorset

2,192

836

Poole

977

837

Bournemouth

519

840

Durham

1,579

841

Darlington

803

845

East Sussex

2,488

846

Brighton and Hove

1,878

850

Hampshire

8,774

851

Portsmouth

387

852

Southampton

771

855

Leicestershire

3,586

856

Leicester City

1,630

857

Rutland

296

860

Staffordshire

3,591

861

Stoke-on-Trent

814

865

Wiltshire

2,243

866

Swindon

745

867

Bracknell Forest

631

868

Windsor and Maidenhead

1,093

869

West Berkshire

1,277

870

Reading

606

871

Slough

644

872

Wokingham

943

873

Cambridgeshire

3,503

874

Peterborough

812

875

Cheshire

3,892

876

Halton

431

877

Warrington

885

878

Devon

3,424

879

Plymouth

1,101

880

Torbay

693

881

Essex

6,282

882

Southend

885

883

Thurrock

550

884

Herefordshire

928

885

Worcestershire

3,147

886

Kent

7,608

887

Medway

1,289

888

Lancashire

4,292

889

Blackburn

844

890

Blackpool

728

891

Nottinghamshire

2,939

892

Nottingham City

1,611

893

Shropshire

1,802

894

Telford and Wrekin

811

908

Cornwall

2,143

909

Cumbria

2,497

916

Gloucestershire

3,857

919

Hertfordshire

7,721

921

Isle of Wight

511

925

Lincolnshire

3,243

926

Norfolk

3,397

928

Northamptonshire

3,353

929

Northumberland

1,323

931

Oxfordshire

4,184

933

Somerset

3,162

935

Suffolk

3,267

936

Surrey

7,968

937

Warwickshire

3,029

938

West Sussex

3,886

Total

254,662

Note:

Figures relate to 16 to 18-year-olds (age at start of academic year, i.e. 31 August 2006) in all schools and colleges.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the performance of (a) school sixth forms and (b) sixth form colleges in relation to A-levels; and if he will make a statement. (201406)

Level 3 (equivalent to two or more A-levels) is broadly similar, once young people's prior attainment at Level 2 (equivalent to five GCSEs A*-C) is taken into account.

Internal analysis shows the average Level 3 attainment score per qualification entry for a sixth form college student is around 2 points higher than for a school sixth-form student, with a similar level of prior attainment. Across a three A-level package of qualifications, the average difference in attainment would be around 6 points which is the equivalent of around a third of a grade. While this difference is statistically significant it is small.

Sixth-form colleges and larger school sixth forms—either operating individually or as part of a consortium—do an outstanding job and are popular with parents and students. We want to encourage more high quality provision of this type, often working in partnership, in order to overcome England's unacceptably low participation rate in education beyond GCSE. Collaboration between schools, and between schools and colleges, will be essential to ensuring that we have a high quality offer for all young people and to support the successful delivery of the 14-19 reform programme.